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Post time 2015-11-20 17:18:26 |Display all floors

Judging by canton's historic record, 地灵人杰 doesn't seem to be applicable. Both HK and canton's surge was purely the outcome of recent short-term social changes. More like out of good luck. The long term outlook between a lottery winner and a self-made millionaire is most unlikely to be the same.

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Post time 2015-11-20 17:19:22 |Display all floors
There is scientific paper about animals living in cold and harsh environment are better at problem solving and memory. There is also data showing positive relation between winter temperature vs IQ.

Why most poor countries are in the tropical area?  Another Chinese old saying looks useful here:  生于危难死于安逸.

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Post time 2015-11-20 17:52:05 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2015-11-20 17:32
Anyone under twenty in HK will be able to converse fluently in Putonghua, because the dialect has  ...



Cantonese was made official by the British out of bad intention.  Why still stick with something of intestinal wrong,  esp after realizing it's bad for both Hk and china?

Cantonese is a compound product of chinese and the indigenous tribal languages like Zhuang's, Vietnamese and Thais. These tribal languages never developed their own written language, meaning they are more backward than chinese. The modern chinese writing is based on mandarin, and cantonese is the most incompatible dialect with mandarin in terms of pronouciation and ways of expression. Clinging to cantonese is like clinging to stupid phone while others are using smartphone.

The later to start learning cantonese the more likely to carry a heavier cantonese background accent. Cantonese accent has long carried a discriminatory stigma since ancient time Bcoz its unpleasant to ears.

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Post time 2015-11-20 18:01:53 |Display all floors
Kbay Post time: 2015-11-20 17:15
What nonsense you speak!

I am fluent in the Cantonese and Hakka dialects, also English and two ot ...

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Post time 2015-11-20 18:27:48 |Display all floors
Excerpt from a language blog:

For more than four centuries, guttural (from Latin guttur 'throat' via Medieval Latin gutturalis) has been used to describe consonants articulated towards the back of the oral cavity.
  guttural has been inexactly associated with foreign consonants that sound "throaty" to English speakers.

  In contemporary usage it's one of those words that gets thrown around whenever a speaker finds an alien speech pattern somehow displeasing. (Merriam-Webster aptly defines this sense as "being or marked by utterance that is strange, unpleasant, or disagreeable.") A quick Web search turns up such examples as "a guttural English/Chinese mishmash," "a guttural Yorkshire accent," "a guttural Southern drawl," "guttural Ebonics," and countless others. Very often, of course, guttural modifies nonlinguistic vocalizations (roar, laugh, squawk, purr, growl, yell, cackle, groan, etc.). Such collocations only underscore the fact that speech described as guttural may be deemed not just substandard but sublinguistic (at times even subhuman).

  The value of speech patterns labeled guttural, in other words, is already quite low in the estimation of many, even without the help of the similar-sounding but etymologically unrelated gutter. Add to this the fact that gutter is often applied attributively to indicate coarse speech ("gutter language," "gutter talk," "gutter slang," etc.), and the conflation of guttural and gutter to describe vulgar or distasteful forms of communication seems practically inevitable. From there it's a short step to Jon Corzine's "guttural politics."

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Post time 2015-11-20 18:29:56 |Display all floors
Excerpt from language blog:
For more than four centuries, guttural (from Latin guttur 'throat' via Medieval Latin gutturalis) has been used to describe consonants articulated towards the back of the oral cavity.
  guttural has been inexactly associated with foreign consonants that sound "throaty" to English speakers.

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Post time 2015-11-20 18:30:55 |Display all floors

The value of speech patterns labeled guttural, in other words, is already quite low in the estimation of many, even without the help of the similar-sounding but etymologically unrelated gutter. Add to this the fact that gutter is often applied attributively to indicate coarse speech ("gutter language," "gutter talk," "gutter slang," etc.), and the conflation of guttural and gutter to describe vulgar or distasteful forms of communication seems practically inevitable. From there it's a short step to Jon Corzine's "guttural politics."

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